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Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The teachings of the late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup, the Tibetan guru, have been culled and presented for Western world. It also aims at fostering greater understanding for further study on certain aspects of Higher or Transcendental Mahayanic teachings. The author has collected authoritative information which is impressively similar to the ancient ideals of Asceticism and wor ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published December 15th 2004 by New Age Books (first published 1969)
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Biography of the great Tibetan saint, revered for traveling from the depths of anguish and sin to the heights of enlightened Buddhahood in one lifetime. It wasn't easy though. After vengefully murdering over 30 relatives and villagers, Mila's repentance was many years of harsh discipline under the stern guidance of his gura, Marpa the Translator. Beatings, humiliations and "seemingly" meaningless and endless work projects were the punishment Mila had to persevere through to purge himself of his ...more
Craig Werner
A translation of a biography of one of the great gurus of the Kargyupta strain of Buddhism. The biography is presented in the voice of Milrepa's student Rechung, so it's very much from the inside of the story (something like the gospels in the New Testament, though Rechung presents himself as eyewitness to the later years of Milrepa's life.

The two stars aren't for the material; Milrepa certainly has a place among the world's great religious figures. The problems are two-fold. First, the focus o
Chris Lemig
This is the amazing story of the poet-saint Milarepa. As I read the book I felt like he could be a buddy of mine, a quality that I'm sure explains why he has been so endeared by millions of Tibetans for centuries.

Milarepa started out as quite an unsavory character. After being cheated out of a sizeable inheritence his mother demanded that he learn the arts of sorcery and black magic in order to exact revenge on his greedy aunt and uncle. He wound up being quite successful at this, killing dozens
milarepa was the son of a prominent tibetan merchant. tragedy took his father when he was young, and disloyal relatives stole his inheritance. penniless, he left his sister and mother to study black magic in order to effect his revenge, which later he did. subsequently finding a true yoga master and struggling for years to become fit for teaching, milarepa become a spiritual disciple. devoting the rest of his life to purification of his previous misdeeds he became a seeker only of the true and d ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Rajesh rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I picked up this book after my recent sojourn in Ladhak where I encountered numerous Buddhist monasteries. The book relates a tale of the great Tibetian yogi Milerepa. It talks of how he commits evil karma in his youth and repenting his actions seeks to attain enlightenment in one lifetime. The disappointing part, to me, was the fact that while the book describes in great detail about how Milarepa exhorts people to adopt an ascetic lifestyle to gain enlightenment, not much light is shed on the a ...more
You have to love Milarepa, and Evans-Wentz's version of this tale is a terrific read. From Bad Guy to Enlightened (though odd) Saint, the journey is a one-life-time hard one. Humor abounds, and the tale rivets one's attention throughout. The path is real, the result certainly a good one. Americans like a one-stop shop for enlightenment. Here it is.
I read this book years ago and certain scenes from Milarepa's life really stuck in my mind, such as when he was living in a cave in the mountains, spending all his time meditating, with green moss growing on him. His sister came up to exhort him to return to the bosom of his family, but he .......(I will not put a spoiler here). Read it!
I've read this book already once and will doubtless read it again in a few years. A wonderful glimpse not only into Milarepa's life but also into the mind of his amazing teacher Marpa. It takes a certain kind of strength to be a good teacher, and Marpa was perfect in the role of Milarepa's teacher. Wonderful stuff.
This was a very inspiring read. I actually read it at the Milarepa guest house in Leh, Ladakh and it really gave me insights into the culture of the local people as well as about the path to liberation.
Wonderful story. Hard to tell how much is exaggerated and mythologized with time, especially after visiting his retreat in the mountains and the home of Marpa.
Awesome book. What this guy goes through is amazing, and as a cultural hero his descent into darkness is appealing. He is so over the top.
Show yourself what a keen mind you really do have and relish this scholarly work on a great Tibetan Buddhist saint.
Great intro & foot notes. Ideal for those with a little background in Tibetan Vajrayana Practice & history.
I've read a few of the biographies on Tibets patron saint and this is my favorite.
This text assumes an understanding of Buddhist doctrine.
it takes many, many repetitions
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Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz was an anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism.

He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and as a teenager read Madame Blavatsky's Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine and became interested in the teachings of Theosophy. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, where he studied with William James and William Butler Yeat
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